What Causes Blue Screen Of Death? (Window Critical Error)

It is so frustrating! - you get a blue screen - why? What does it mean? --How do I get rid of it?

So you google with your phone (because you have a blue screen) and there are so many reasons. You call that friend who is better at the tech than yourself. However, at the end of the day, you're no closer than before to knowing what to do. Well we have some suggestions, but in all honesty it is a process of elimination to work out what is causing the problem for your PC. Remember your friendly tech at your local computer store (hopefully us) can help fix your problem.


Causes for Blue Screen of Death, as it is known, are varied and include but are not limited to:

  • Your PC or Laptop is getting too hot. The Temperature is increasing above the safe temperature of the computer
  • Hardware Failure. The RAM could be corroded or unseated or loaded with dust 
  • Corrupted system files
  • Windows 10 Blue Screen

Suggested Solutions

Solutions you can try at home.

Boot Into Safe Mode: If your computer is blue-screening every time you turn it on, try booting in to safe mode. In safe mode, Windows loads only the essential drivers. If a driver you’ve installed is causing Windows to blue screen, it shouldn’t do so in safe mode. You can work on fixing the problem from safe mode.

Re-seat the RAM- pull it out and put it back in. You can treat it with a product like Inox which is an anti corrosion formula lubricant. 

Make sure your fan or liquid cooling is working Liquid Coolers can leak, the liquid can stop moving. 

Clean - I know who likes to clean? But the fans suck in dust and hair, pet hair etc also sometimes pests live there 😏So clean the dust and out and apply new thermal paste - We sell thermal paste in store. 

Hardware - One of the most common causes of the dreaded blue screen is the hard drive. Unfortunately if the hard drive is dead then there is not much anyone can do. A hard drive is a moving part and eventually it can fail. This is why any good computer technician would make sure you are backing up your data. Your precious photos, your business documents, or your personal records may not be recovered. Even if you get it working you should bring it in to be checked. 

Other Hardware that can cause blue screens include the Motherboard and video card. These would require replacements. 

Still not working?

Time to take it to your local computer store Leading Edge Computers Charlestown. We will be able to book it in for a complete assessment and diagnose the problem

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